Mexico and Germany battle for Group 3 bronze


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2017 - Germany and hosts Mexico have to settle for a battle for FIVB World League Group 3 bronze Sunday in Leon, after both lost their semifinals on Saturday to Spain and Estonia respectively. This is a rematch of last week's clash in Linz, which Germany won in straight sets.

• Germany and Mexico have already met in the 2017 World League, with the Germans winning in straight sets on 11 June in Linz, Austria. Despite the defeat, Mexico's Nestor Orellana (16) was the leading scorer in the match.
• The only other World League meeting came on 19 June 2016 in Mexico City. The home team won 3-1.
• Mexico were beaten by Germany at the 1991 World Cup (3-0) and by East Germany at both the 1968 Olympic Games (3-0) and 1974 World Championship (3-2).

• Germany were beaten in straight sets by Spain in the Group 3 semifinal. It was only their second defeat of this year's competition, after the 3-1 loss versus Austria in the group stage.
• Germany lost 3-1 against Slovenia in the 2016 World League Group 3 final.
• Germany have not been involved in a World League five-setter since their opening match of last year's tournament, defeat against Montenegro.
• Germany have not won a World League five-setter since beating Argentina 3-2 on 1 June 2014.
• Only Andres Villena (111) and Hamza Nagga (104) have scored more Group 3 points this year than Simon Hirsch (103).

• Mexico qualified for the Group 3 final round as hosts. They were beaten in straight sets by Estonia in the semifinal.
• Mexico have won five of their 20 World League matches, with two of those victories coming in 2017 – against Greece and Qatar.
• Mexico could win more than two matches in a single World League campaign for the first time. They also won two in 2014, their debut in the competition.
• Only one of Mexico's five World League wins has come after losing the opening set, 3-2 versus Turkey on 7 June 2014.
• Since that 3-2 victory against Turkey, Mexico have lost all six World League five-setters.


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